Fritz Kiersch, Department Chair and Artist in Residence
Director of numerous special film projects, feature length films, and
television projects, he is best known for directing the original Stephen King's "Children of the Corn" motion picture which created a franchise in the horror film genre.
He joined the academic world eight years ago, serving on the faculty of an L.A. professional theater school and then relocating to Oklahoma City where he initiated the Oklahoma City Community College Film Production Program. As program director he developed curricula for degrees in motion picture production arts as well as teaching a variety of courses in the discipline of film mechanics, methods and theories.
Early professional duties include extensive work in camera, production, and other technical departments, however he has been directing for over 20 years. Recent film work includes the documentary-based horror film, "The Hunt," which he wrote and directed and "Surveillance," a psychological thriller starring Armand Assante. Both will be released in the fall of 2006.
Bryan Cardinale-Powell, Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D. candidate, Georgia State University
M.S., Boston University
A.B., Xavier University (Ohio)
Prior to his doctoral studies at Georgia State University, Bryan Cardinale-Powell was a freelance writer and producer of a number of projects for Georgia Public Broadcasting. He is the recipient of a Southeast Region Emmy Award for Public Service Announcements, a Georgia Association of Broadcasters Award, and a scholarship from the Atlanta Better Films Council for a research project on the history of film reception in Atlanta. His interests include public schools, photography, computer culture, movie musicals, American independent cinema, and movies directed by Mike Leigh, Jim Jarmusch, John Cassavetes, and Spike Lee. You can read more on his blog, Cardinale + Powell.
Marc DiPaolo, Assistant Professor of Film and English
Ph.D. English, Drew University
M.A. English, The College of Staten Island, the City University of New York
B.A. English, The State University of New York at Geneseo
Marc DiPaolo has taught courses in film studies, film genres, international cinema and political commentary movies. He also teaches courses for the English Department at OCU.
Marc has written the books War, Politics, and Superheroes: Ethics and Propaganda in Comics and Film (2010) and Emma Adapted: Jane Austen's Heroine from Book to Film (2007). Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh, a collection of essays co-edited with Bryan Cardinale-Powell, was published in the summer of 2013. Click here to visit Marc online.